Originality and Innovation celebrated at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®

Originality and Innovation celebrated at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®

27.08.2018: Against the striking backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, the 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta claimed the Best of Show Award at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. 234 cars graced the fairways at Pebble Beach Golf Links® as enthusiasts mingl




Against the striking backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, the 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta claimed the Best of Show Award at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. 234 cars graced the fairways at Pebble Beach Golf Links® as enthusiasts mingled, witnessing awe-inspiring vintage automobiles alongside contemporary cutting-edge concept cars.



Such a bold juxtaposition of old and new embodies Rolex’s appreciation of history and its influence on engineering innovation. It is this shared passion for honouring motoring tradition which underpins Rolex’s role as Official Timepiece of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® and as Presenting Partner of the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance®.




The Best of Show Award is bestowed to the most stylish and elegant car, recognizing its originality and authenticity. The 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B perfectly reflected the spirit of the accolade and was revered by all who were lucky enough to see it. After the prize-giving ceremony, the owner of the winning car, David Sydorick said:



“This car is one of only five built and it has recently been completely restored, taking a huge amount of effort and dedication from all those involved. It feels great to win at Pebble Beach today and receive a Rolex watch, I look forward to wearing it proudly.”


 
The illustrious Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance® presented by Rolex and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® come together to create the ultimate moving motoring museum, encapsulating heritage, beauty and evolution.



On Thursday morning, the impressive procession of automobiles assembled on Portola Road ahead of this year’s edition of the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance® presented by Rolex. The renowned Californian marine layer cleared early to reveal sunshine as participants and fans alike were treated to an unforgettable spectacle along the coast.




The Tour, a tradition dating back to 1998, sees the motorcade take to a 70-mile route, following sections of the picturesque 17-Mile Drive through the north of Monterey County. Carmel-by-the-Sea was once again the stopover point as entrants enjoyed a gourmet lunch, while their cars were displayed on Ocean Avenue for visiting aficionados to appreciate up close.


 
At dawn on Sunday, the group was reunited as the cars rolled on to the immaculate 18th fairway at Pebble Beach®. 28 categories showcased the ingenuity of their creators and owners, from the featured Post-war Custom Citroëns to Motor Cars of the Raj and the 1960s Indianapolis 500 Revolution class.



Furthermore, the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® debuted some of the world’s most anticipated concept cars. Notably, the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow was shown to the public for the first time; drawing inspiration from the 1937 W 125 Benz, its modern aesthetic captured the crowd’s imagination, displaying an undeniable link between the past and the radical machines of the future.


 
Tom Kristensen, Rolex Testimonee and nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, undertook official duties as Honorary Judge at this year’s event. Following the judging, he said: “The collection of historic automobiles and world-renowned concept cars at Pebble Beach creates an event like no other.



It has been a privilege to be part of the judging team, and to get so close to these amazing machines and meet their owners. The Best of Show Award represents excellence and timeless elegance – values that I closely identify with Rolex – while recognizing and preserving the greatest cars in the world. This event is an absolute must for all car lovers.”


 
The crowning of the Concours’ Best of Show winner marks the end of Monterey Classic Car Week. This year, the four-day extravaganza celebrated motoring heritage and paid homage to the future of the automobile – while reflecting on how the two are inextricably linked. Rolex closely aligns with the culture and passion of these classic car events and continues to enshrine the stories that stand the test of time.


 




Virginie Chevailler, Grace Mennem- photos Rolls-Royce

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